As we are drawing to the close of a thoughtful debate on a difficult and contentious subject, I would conclude as follows.
1. The living will and Passive Euthanasia being accepted in India is a sign of our advancement, our maturity, both with regards to how much we respect a meaningful life and the right to truly live one's life.
2. Active Euthanasia: I still think our country needs far more manpower and social maturity, maybe a decade or two from now, India would be ready to embrace this.
3.The very name of euthanasia would trigger many emotions in one's mind including spiritual and divine feelings. Yes, it would because we are talking about drawing a line in one's life, a meaningful line to an unmeaningful existence.
4.George Bernard Shaw has quoted that, Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents an airplane the pessimist invents the parachute. Similarly, there would be critics who would vehemently oppose or criticise passive euthanasia, I welcome them, otherwise, the thoughts of people who agree, like me cannot reflect on this better and make it more foolproof.
5. It's is human and normal to be emotionally bonded to life and at time of crisis be happy with the artificial pumping of breaths into a soulless body for the sake of prolonging life. But we should think beyond.
6. Such people need to be educated about the true value of life, the dignity, the quality of life, the right of a person to live and at the same time die when circumstances are opposite of what they want.
7. Euthanasia has been tarnished by the common term mercy killing, no it is not, far from that, it is a dignified way to end an undignified life in certain specific circumstances.
8. We are not trying to play God or decision maker, based on a set of medical criteria, backed by data and the advise of the legal minds, there is a way out of endless suffering, dishonorable condition wherein the person is wallowing in a pool of his or her own excrements, tubes in an out, a cacophony of noises and alarms, people/devices invading various orifices and no respect for privacy including embarrassing exposure of private parts.
9. Do we want this to proceed when the outcome is abysmal? Do we want to see our own loved ones in this condition? Would they also want to suffer like this in a drug-induced stupor? No, they would not, even the most sensitive and emotional individual would be praying deep within their hearts, God, can you be more merciful and allow him/her to pass peacefully?
10.I'm not supporting it blindly and saying that it should be cast in stone, No, we need to audit with great reverence and transparency about the cases in India and have an expert committee with members of the public, Human rights groups, medical fraternity and the best legal minds to fine tune this landmark judgement.
10.So, I put my case to rest saying that Passive Euthanasia and Living will be welcomed in our country, we need to have mechanisms in place wherein the medical community or families do not misuse these very important clauses for their own selfish reasons wherein money would top the list.
11.We all respect life, I request you to also respect a patient's autonomy, his/her right to chose dignity over irreversible misery and suffering. When applicable, "Euthanasia" is the kindest, most human ' last gift' we can give our loved ones when their very existence becomes inhuman. Once we realize this, we would understand it's value.